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Eric Weddle To Prioritize Signing With Contender Over Best Offer

According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, Chargers owner Dean Spanos called to inform impending free agent S Eric Weddle that they will not attempt to re-sign him.

All indications have been that the two parties are headed towards a divorce, so this is really just further confirmation that Weddle will be playing elsewhere in 2016.

Cole expects Weddle to visit with several teams before deciding on where he’ll play next season.

Regarding what he’ll be looking for in his next team, Weddle said he plans to prioritize signing with a contender who wants him over getting top dollar on the open market.

In the next three or four years,” said Weddle, via Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Times-Union. “are they going to be competitive, are they going to be division winners, are we going to have a chance at the Super Bowl?

Krasovic mentions the Panthers, Raiders, and Steelers as three teams that could make sense for Weddle this offseason.

Weddle, 31, finished a five-year, $40 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed. The Chargers placed him on the injured reserve after Week 16 because of a lingering groin injury.

In 2015, Weddle appeared in 13 games for 79 total tackles, six pass defenses, one fumble recovery and 0.5 of a sack. Pro Football Focus rated Weddle as the No. 33 overall safety out of 88 qualifiers.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.